Episcopal News Update

A weekly newsletter serving the Diocese of Los Angeles
June 26, 2022
At Juneteenth Evensong Black Episcopalians honor ancestors’ struggles, commit to truth-telling and reconciliation

[The Episcopal News – June 22, 2022] The sweet sounds of the Episcopal Chorale filled the air, youthful Ugandan praise dancers swayed gracefully, and worshipers called out the names of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Edward Mackenzie and others in an ancient African water ceremony honoring the ancestors at the first annual diocesan Juneteenth Jubilation Evensong celebration on June 18.

About 75 worshipers were greeted by the cathedral co-dean, the Very Rev. Mark Kowalewski before Canon Suzanne Edwards Acton, co-chair of the diocesan Program Group on Black Ministries, and Casey Jones, vice president of the H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians welcomed them to the 4 p.m. inaugural gathering of Juneteenth Jubilation.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor presided over the event, recalling in opening remarks that even after the June 19, 1865, origins of the celebration, when Gen. Gordon Granger made his historic announcement of emancipation for slaves in Galveston, Texas, “slavery persisted in Delaware and Kentucky, where the enslaved had to wait until the ratification of the 13th Amendment” to the Constitution of the United States.

“Even then people of African descent weren’t even free to celebrate Juneteenth in public spaces, so they bought their own parks, and they brought the celebration into the church where it belongs,” he said.

Taylor has said that in 2023 diocesan programming will focus on racial reconciliation. He added: “For those most wounded by the sin of slavery our nation holds justice at bay in too many ways to count, and yet we must count them, and count them we shall.”

Read more here.
Diocesan commission to host Mental Health Justice Town Hall on July 19 via Zoom; all welcome to attend

[The Episcopal News – June 22, 2022] A Mental Health Justice Town Hall – set to underscore professional best practices for dealing with mental health crises often referred to local police – will be hosted via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, by the Bishop’s Commission on Gospel Justice and Community Care of the Diocese of Los Angeles. All are invited to attend; registration links will be published on the diocesan website.

The town hall will be opened by Bishop John Harvey Taylor, who will introduce a pre-recorded video presentation by U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter, who represents the 45th congressional district in Orange County. An Episcopalian, Porter has long advocated for deploying mental health professionals to respond when people living with psychological issues need assistance or restraint.

Porter’s remarks will be followed by a live discussion with panelists Taun Hill, founder of the Miles Hall Foundation in memory of her late son who during a mental health crisis was fatally shot by police; Gigi Crowder, executive director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, (NAMI), Contra Costa County; and Pete Cohen, retired sergeant, San Diego Police Department.

Read more here.
Episcopalians join Orange County ‘Poor People’s Walk’ to advocate for justice

[The Episcopal News – June 22, 2022] Episcopalians “prayed with their feet,” joining an Orange County multifaith, multilingual, multiethnic “Poor People’s Walk” on Saturday, June 18, in support of the national “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival” rally in Washington, D.C., calling attention to health care, housing, gun violence, labor conditions, and other issues disproportionately impacting poor and low-income Americans.

Occupants of passing cars honked horns, cheering and raising their fists in “power to the people” solidarity as participants from as far away as Los Angeles and San Diego joined the nearly 2-mile march. Some marchers carried signs reading “Fight Poverty, not the Poor” and shouted a rallying cry: ‘What do we want? Justice! What do we want? A living wage! When do we want it? Now!”

The march began at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, where organizer Joyce Swaving, bishop’s warden at St. George’s Episcopal Church, greeted about a hundred participants. “This is an amazing week, the one-month anniversary of the tragedy that happened here,” she said, referring to the May 15 shooting at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, which meets at the site. A nearby banner bore an image of John Cheng, a physician who died trying to disarm the gunman, and read: “Our Hero. Hate has no home here.”

Read more here.
This weekend
Pride Month celebrations planned for June 26

Two celebrations on June 26 will mark Pride Month in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

St. John's Cathedral will hold a special 10 a.m. Sunday service in honor of Pride Month and 30 years of diocesan LGBTQ+ ministry. Music will be provided by the Trans Chorus of L.A. The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary, will preach. St. John's is located at 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19.

That afternoon, the LGBTQ+ ministry of the diocese invites all to the post-Covid return of its annual Garden Party, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Residence in Pasadena. For reservations, email [email protected]. Address and parking details will be sent by return email.

According to the event announcement: "We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these opportunities to gather in community as we celebrate 30 years of LGBTQ ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and continue the work of proclaiming God’s inclusive love available to absolutely everyone!"

This article appears here on the Episcopal News website.
GFS-LA is looking for California-theme pins to share at National Assembly

A group of Girls Friendly Society members and leaders will travel to Boston during the first week of August for the GFS National Assembly. According to GFS-Los Angeles President Margaret Nolde, one of the customs at National Assembly is for each delegation to bring trading pins that represent their locality. "It occurred to me that maybe some people have pins gathering dust in drawers," said Nolde, "and they might be willing to donate so the members can share a bit of California with other GFS members while on the East Coast.

The pins can represent California in any way – sports teams, national parks, cities, the Disneyland Resort or other local theme parks and attractions, schools, organizations, the California grizzly bear, the state flag, the state flower (California golden poppies), etc.

Nolde asks that anyone who has such pins to spare and who would like to donate them to the GFS delegation mail them to her at St. John the Divine Church, 183 E Bay Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The deadline to receive the pins is July 25.

For more information, contact Nolde at [email protected].
Events & Announcements
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Credit Union annual meeting set for June 28

The Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union will hold its annual meeting via Zoom at 5 p.m. on June 28, board president Dan Valdez has announced. Those wishing to attend are asked to request the Zoom link by emailing [email protected].

Meeting highlights will include reports on the credit union's implementation of new technology upgrades including mobile banking, Apple Pay, and virtual wallets embracing new technologies, as well as an update on the search process for a new chief executive officer, Valdez said.

Credit union offices are located at 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles. More information is online here.
Presiding bishop calls Episcopalians to ‘A Season of Prayer for Revival’

[The Episcopal Church – June 8, 2022] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians everywhere to mark the season after Pentecost with 30 days of prayer leading up to and encompassing the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

“A Season of Prayer for Revival” – from June 12 through July 11 – will feature daily prayers drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. Individuals can sign up online to receive the prayers and inspirational messages via email. The prayers will also be posted daily on social media accounts for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement. (The prayer for June 12 is shown above.)

Downloadable bulletin inserts are available for congregational use. All materials are in Spanish and English.

“As we move toward and adapt to a shorter, smaller General Convention, I invite every Episcopalian—whether you’re in Baltimore or Alaska or Honduras, whether you’re a deputy, a bishop, or a new member sitting in the pews—I invite all of us to pause each day just for a moment to pray for the expansive, reviving power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds,” Curry said. “We are people of common prayer; may we embrace this season as an opportunity for us all to become a church that truly lives, looks, and loves like Jesus.”

The 80th General Convention is scheduled for July 8-11.
Riverside ministry center begins tenant application process for affordable apartment complex

St. Michael's Apartments, an affordable housing project under construction at St. Michael's Episcopal Ministry Center in Riverside, is seeking tenants to live in its 51 units, half of which are designated for those who are homeless, and half for low-income families.

For more about St. Michael's Apartments, click on the image or here to see a larger version of the flyer, visit the website or call 951.944.8004. Prospective tenants may join an interest list, which will be open until June 30, 2022. (Income restrictions and application requirements are listed on the flyer and website.)

Read more here.
Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium to return Sept. 23

After a two-year Covid pandemic-imposed hiatus, Episcopal Night at Dodger Stadium will be back on Friday, Sept. 23. Game time is 7:10 p.m. The home team will play the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game, win or lose, will be followed by fireworks.

In response to the Dodgers' recent shift to electronic ticketing, the Rev. Canon Greg Larkin will email instructions on how to order tickets this year to each congregation's coordinator, who will receive and distribute tickets for his or her congregation. Clergy in charge of congregations: email the congregation name and city and the Dodger coordinator's name and email address to Larkin at [email protected].
New partnership responds to growing need for spirituality in nature

[CSN – June 1, 2022] The Center for Spirituality in Nature (CSN) is partnering with TryTank – an experimental lab for innovation within the Episcopal Church led by the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija – to bring its Spirituality in Nature Groups (SING) program to the Episcopal Church network.

In partnership with TryTank, CSN will form a pilot cohort of 10 Episcopal SINGs, providing resources, training, curriculum, and facilitated cohort meetings. These new communities will explore their local ecosystems, learn how best to support and care for them, as well as engage in ancient traditions related to finding God in nature.
The Center for Spirituality in Nature provides opportunities for deepening spirituality through nature and for nurturing loving relationships with the Earth. It offers a variety of programs, classes, webinars, talks, gatherings and resources for both individuals and groups.

Read more here.
Restorative justice retreat, stories, podcast celebrate Camp Stevens' 70th anniversary

[The Episcopal News – May 11, 2022] To mark its 70th anniversary, Camp Stevens invites alumni, former staff, friends and the diocesan community to a Restorative Justice Retreat Oct. 28 – 30. The weekend will celebrate the camp's history of impact and growth while looking to the future.

Valarie Kaur – renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author of See No Stranger, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice – will deliver a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. More about Kaur is here.

Read more about the retreat as well as other anniversary events here.
Safe Church office provides new modules for abuse prevention curriculum

The Episcopal Church's Safe Church Office has produced three new educational modules – "Pastoral Relationships," "Inclusion," and "Power and Relationships" – as part of its Safe Church, Safe Communities training for the prevention of sexual and other abuse. Completion of the series is mandatory for Episcopal Church clergy and lay leaders, and must be renewed every three years.

The new training modules bring the total number to nine, all of which can be found on the Praesidium Academy website here.

Read more here.
Looking toward General Convention
The 80th meeting of The Episcopal Church's General Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 8 – 11, 2022 (shortened and scaled down due to increased cases of Covid-19 – see story here). The stories below explore issues of church-wide interest to come before the meeting, as well as logistical matters.

At the convention, the Diocese of Los Angeles will be represented by its bishop and by four clergy and four lay deputies. Learn more about General Convention here.
Between General Conventions, church makes some progress on sexism, harassment, pay equity

By Melodie Woerman

[Episcopal News Service – June 22, 2022] The work of General Convention in 2018 is remembered in part for its significant discussions and efforts around the issues of sexual abuse, assault and harassment, which grew out of the rise of the #MeToo movement and similar stories from women in the church. In response, on Jan. 22, 2018, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Jennings,House of Deputies president, issued a letter to the church. In it, they said the church has to understand how it has failed to properly handle cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the past – and to confess and repent when members of the church have been “antagonistic or unresponsive to people…who have been sexually exploited or abused.”

Weeks later Jennings appointed a 47-member Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation to draft legislation to be considered at the 79th General Convention. In an email to Episcopal News Service, she said that this was far from the first group to address gender-based issues during a General Convention. The first, she said, was in 1871, and in the 20th century, eight committees and commissions about women in the church were created. She said, “I am grateful to the many women and gender non-conforming leaders who have risen up to lead this work that will continue for many General Conventions to come.”

She added, “One convention will not be sufficient to dismantle the structural discrimination and misogyny that have been part of the Episcopal Church since its founding.”

By the end of convention most of the two dozen resolutions the committee proposed were enacted.

But what did those resolutions do, and what of that work is still taking place?

Read more here.
Committees vote to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine, defer action on Israel ‘apartheid’ resolutions

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – June 21, 2022] The 80th General Convention is poised to adopt a statement condemning Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, amplifying earlier messages issued by Executive Council and the House of Bishops, while more controversial measures labeling Israel an “apartheid” state will be deferred until 2024.

Resolution B008, titled “A Call for the Cessation of Conflict in Ukraine,” was endorsed June 20 by a vote of the bishops’ and deputies’ committees on Social Justice & International Policy. The resolution invokes Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor – “a commandment we believe provides no justification for violent conflict unless in the defense of the vulnerable and defenseless” – and it calls on nations with influence in the region to work to end Russia’s war on Ukraine.

B008 is the sole resolution from the Social Justice & International Policy committees that is scheduled for full floor debates when the House of Bishops and House of Deputies meet July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. All other resolutions endorsed by the committees were placed on consent calendars, which typically makes their approval a procedural formality. Resolutions on a consent calendar are adopted together with a single vote.

Read more here.
Committees’ actions send full-communion agreements, other ecumenical matters to General Convention, defer another until 2024

By Melodie Woerman

[Episcopal News Service – June 21, 2022] Action taken on June 18 during an online meeting of the General Convention legislative committees on Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations puts The Episcopal Church one step closer to full-communion agreements with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sweden.

The full-communion agreement with Lutherans in Canada is part of Resolution A092, “Churches Without Borders,” which describes a four-way joint agreement between The Episcopal Church, The Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Episcopal Church already is in full communion with all other Anglican Communion provinces, including Canada, and in 2001 it entered into full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through “Called to Common Mission.” This resolution establishes an official relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada by amending Canon I.20.1, which sets out full-communion agreements.

Read more here.
North Texas approves merger with Diocese of Texas, sending plan to General Convention

By David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service – June 21, 2022] A planned merger of the dioceses of Texas and North Texas is heading to the 80th General Convention in July for final approval after North Texas leaders backed the plan unanimously June 18 at a special meeting of their diocesan convention.

The 69-0 vote in the Fort Worth-based diocese follows a nearly unanimous vote on June 9 in favor of the merger by the Diocese of Texas’s Diocesan Council. The merger is following a process known as reunion, since both dioceses have roots in the historic Diocese of Texas.

“This event today is not about closure. It’s an outward visible sign of faith, hope, and love by a liberated people,” Northwest Texas Bishop Scott Mayer, who also serves as bishop provisional of North Texas, said in his sermon for the opening worship service at the June 18 meeting.

The North Texas diocese, with 14 congregations and fewer than 4,000 members, was greatly diminished in membership by a 2008 schism, in which a majority of clergy and lay leaders in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth voted to leave The Episcopal Church over disagreements about the ordination of women and LGBTQ+ people.

Read more here.

House of Deputies candidates for president, vice president participate in online forum (ENS, June 6, 2022) ENS editor's note: An additional candidate, the Rev. Edwin Johnson, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts, declared his candidacy for House of Deputies president on June 3. A video of the June 13 candidate forum is here.

Older stories are archived here.

More General Convention-related stories from ENS are here.
Looking toward the Lambeth Conference
Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Conference planners set tone of unity over division for upcoming summer gathering

By Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service – June 22, 2022] With the 15th Lambeth Conference scheduled this summer, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is seeking to unite the Anglican Communion under common expressions of faith and social engagement, rather than focusing on debates over human sexuality that have divided bishops at past conferences.

“The aim of this conference – which, like all the [Lambeth] conferences, is a very significant moment in the life of the community – is to encourage Anglicans around the world to be looking outwards to the world,” he said in a press conference with conference organizers on June 22. “The church should express its mission and its life of discipleship through engagement with the great challenges that the next 30 or 40 years will impose upon the vast majority of Anglicans, especially those in areas of climate fragility, and political and other fragility.”

The Lambeth Conference, a gathering of bishops from across the Anglican Communion that has taken place about every 10 years since 1867, is being held July 26 to Aug. 8 at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England; Canterbury Cathedral; and Lambeth Palace in London. The conference is one of the three Anglican instruments of communion, in addition to the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion’s main policymaking body.

The conference was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference last met 14 years ago in 2008.

Read more here.
Lambeth Conference history articles publicly available

[HSEC – June 15, 2022] Three articles on the history of the Lambeth Conference are featured in the June 2022 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History. The quarterly journal is published by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. The articles are publicly available at This open source access is designed to enhance knowledge of historical perspective to the 15th Lambeth Conference being convened at the end of July 2022 by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“Our three authors provide different perspectives on what the Lambeth Conference was to help inform what it is “ noted AEH Editor, Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook. “The writing is well researched and peer reviewed to meet standards of scholarship. Even so, one doesn’t need to be a scholar to enjoy the perspectives presented.” Kujawa-Holbrook began planning a themed issue over a year ago and intended to “make it available beyond our members. We want anyone who wants to be able to read them to have access. We hope they provide a service to the Church as it grapples with the issues of mission in the world today.”

"‘You Share Our History’: Historiography of the Lambeth Conference” is the lead article by Benjamin Guyer, a history and philosophy lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Martin and contributing editor for the issue. Guyer examines changing interpretations of the Lambeth Conference among historians since 1867.

Read more here.
From the wider church
Pauli Murray Center to host 10th anniversary pilgrimage through the streets of Durham

By Pat McCaughan

[Episcopal News Service – June 22, 2022] The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice is celebrating its 10th anniversary by inviting pilgrims to retrace the footsteps of the Black, Episcopal icon through the streets of Durham, North Carolina, where they grew up.

“In walking this path, you see the freeway that cuts into the African American section of Durham. You see the working-class neighborhood where Pauli Murry grew up, now being gentrified,” Callie Swaim-Fox, 23, a fellow at the center serving through Johnson Service Corps, a local affiliate of the Episcopal Service Corps, recently told Episcopal News Service.

“Pauli writes about what it was like to walk through white neighborhoods, to go to the segregated high school, and how it made her think about racism, segregation and classism.”

The June 25 “Walk + Reflect” 4.5-mile self-guided pilgrimage begins and ends at the center, located in Murray’s restored childhood home in Durham’s historically Black West End neighborhood.

Read more here.
Alabama church shooting victims’ act of hospitality became an act of sacrifice, rector says

BY Egan Millard

[Episcopal News Service – June 21, 2022] The three victims of a shooting on June 16 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, “modeled how to live in love,” offering food and companionship to the man accused of killing them, the church’s rector said.

“This is what it means to be Christian, to love unconditionally at the ultimate cost,” the Rev. John Burruss told Episcopal News Service on June 21.

Bart Rainey, 84, Sharon Yeager, 75, and Jane Pounds, 84, all longtime parishioners, were catching up at a monthly church potluck for people of the baby-boomer generation and older, Burruss said. According to police, they noticed 70-year-old Robert F. Smith sitting alone and invited him to their table, and then Smith pulled out a handgun and shot them.

“Three of the most faithful people kept inviting this member of our community to sit with them and be with them and they loved him,” Burruss said. “And it cost them their life. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that they would do it again.”

Read more here.
More reporting from Episcopal News Service is here.
Coming up
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 6 p.m.
Movie Nights in the Sacred Garden
Church of Our Saviour (Cleaver Hall)
535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775
Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite treat to watch a family-friendly movie in our the Sacred Garden (located behind the small staff parking lot). Admission is FREE. June 24: The Princess Bride. (INCONCEIVABLE!) Future Movie Night dates are Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 4 – 10 p.m.
African American Heritage Club Juneteenth Celebration
Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 5
24262 Punta Alta, Laguna Woods 92637
Tickets/Information: Allan Williams, 845.399.0279 or [email protected]
Presented by the African American Heritage Club of Laguna Woods. Allan Williams, a bishop's committee member and lay leader at St. George's Church, Laguna Hills, is among the organizers of the celebration, which will begin with a meet-and-greet at 4 p.m., and continue with a show, live entertainment, finger food and dancing until 10 p.m. Formal attire is requested. Tickets: $30. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 7 p.m.
The Harmony Room @ St. Be’s: Bodhisattva
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
2109 Chickasaw Avenue, Los Angeles 90041
LA based guitarist/composer Scotty Bramer's project "Bodhisattva" was born in the middle of 2020 out of a great desire to express himself, when the world was on pause. While primarily performing as a jazz guitarist in the old world, "Bodhisattva" bridges the gaps between a variety of musical styles he loves (jazz, rock, psychedelic, folk, classical, etc.). The music combines strong melodies with rich harmonies and textures over danceable grooves. $15 cover charge

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 10 a.m.
Pride Service Celebrating 30 Years of LGBTQ+ Ministry
St. John's Cathedral
514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007
Music will be provided by the Trans Chorus of L.A. The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, canon to the ordinary, will preach. The cathedral staff request that all attending be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11:45 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Spirituality and Creativity
St. George’s Episcopal Church (and online)
950 Spruce Street, Riverside 92507l
Information: The Rev. Karri Backer, [email protected]
Join us this summer as we focus on spirituality and creativity, a worthy stopping point as we all grow into who God is calling us to be in the world, and for the world. Using the book, "The Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron as our guiding text, we will meet weekly, alternating in person (after church on Sundays) and online (Sundays at 6:30 p.m.). Participants can attend all meetings, or online or in person, or as your summer schedule allows. We will discuss the readings, consider some of the questions that are posed, and check in on our own creative endeavors. As part of the journey, participants are encouraged to choose one creative practice to engage in, or dedicate a certain amount of time to whatever creative endeavors speak to you that week. The program also includes outings to local theater events and museums, as well as classes on the arts throughout the summer. Contact the Rev. Karri Backer for more information.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2 - 5 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Garden Party
Episcopal Residence, Pasadena
Reservations: [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these opportunities to gather in community as we celebrate 30 years of LGBTQ ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and continue the work of proclaiming God’s inclusive love available to absolutely everyone! Address and parking details will be sent to registrants via return email.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 6:30 p.m.
Drumming Circle on the Labyrinth
St. George’s Episcopal Church
950 Spruce Street, Riverside 92507
Information: The Rev. Karri Backer, [email protected]
Join us as we kick off our summer series focusing on Spirituality and Creativity with a drumming circle, led by community leader Sharon Seitz. If you have a drum, feel free to bring it; if not we will have some for people to use. Questions about why you should come? Contact Karri Backer at [email protected].
Additional events are listed on the diocesan calendar here.
Blood Drives
Churches continue blood drives

Blood supplies are critically low in California, and congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles have stepped up to help replenish them by hosting blood drives. Currently scheduled events are listed below.

Additional helpful resources from the American Red Cross:

Donors may save up to 15 minutes by completing pre-donation reading and answering health history questions here, rather than filling out forms on the day of donation.

Reservations are required. All donors and staff will be screened before entering the facilities.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 8 a.m. - 2 pm.
Trinity Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
2400 N. Canal Street, Orange 92865
Sunday, June 26, 2022 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: TrinityECO

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church
30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: STJOHN (note, no "s")
Questions? Contact Gary and Dena Graves, [email protected] or [email protected]
Additional date at this location is Sunday, Oct. 23.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church (Baxter Hall)
555 East Mountain View Avenue, Glendora 91741
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: GECG
Donate and get an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1 - 7 p.m.
Church of Our Saviour (Cleaver Hall)
535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel 91775
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: COSEpiscopal

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church
Vicenti Hall
4745 Wheeler Avenue, La Verne 91750
Reservations here or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767)
Sponsor code: STJOHNS

Will your church host blood drives in coming months? Send the information to [email protected] for inclusion in the calendar. Please include the date, times, location and sponsor code.
September 15 – 28, 2022
England and Scotland: A Pilgrimage of Faith & Heritage
Led by the Rev. Grant Holmes, honorary assistant priest at St. George's Church, Paris, France; and former vicar of St. Mary's Church in St. Alban's, U.K. Stops include a tour of London, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral; St. Alban's Pilgrim Church Trail; Canterbury, including a boat tour; the Cotswolds; Ely Cathedral; Cambridge; York; Edinburgh and St. Andrew's in Scotland. Highlights will include Evensong services, a private tour of Parker Library at Corpus Christi College (not open to the public), and free time for exploration. Package includes 12 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, six lunches and two dinners; all guides, entrance fees, touring and transportation. Cost: $4,700 for double occupancy. Airfare, incidentals and additional meals not included. A $500 deposit is required; final payment is due June 17. A brochure is here. For information contact Bonnie Waite at 480.899.8006 or [email protected]

Listings may be sent to [email protected]. There is no charge.

New listings:

LONG BEACH: Operations Manager, St. Luke’s / San Lucas Episcopal Church. The operations manager is the primary point of contact with the public, manages office administration, parish record keeping, print and digital communication, social media, tenants, and use of space, and provide support with worship. The operations manager reports to the rector, and works collaboratively with the staff, lay volunteers, and wardens. To be successful at this position the person must be able to work independently, anticipate needs, deal with frequent interruptions, be open to grow into the position, and handle confidential information with discretion. Job description is here. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

LOS ANGELES: Receptionist/Administrative Support, Diocese of Los Angeles (St. Paul's Commons). This position is unique and very important to the ministry of the diocese, being the first face and voice of communication representing the bishops and staff and the ministries that take place at St. Paul’s Commons. Duties and Responsibilities: Greet and welcome guests with grace and hospitality on the phone and in person; direct guests to their destinations; assist with bookings/calendared events at St. Paul’s Commons; invoicing; database management. A job description is here. Send applications to Canon Anilin Collado, Human Resources manager, at [email protected] or call 213.482.2040, ext. 250. Application deadline is July 15, 2022.

Continuing listings:

BEVERLY HILLS: Parish Administrator, All Saints Episcopal Church. The Parish Administrator is an essential and integral part of the mission of the church, enabling volunteers and staff to carry out their ministries effectively. This person is responsible for providing executive oversight in a calm, well-organized and timely manner. They demonstrate and utilize their overall knowledge of procedures, protocols, and expectations regarding the functioning of All Saints’ on a multitude of levels: canonical, operational, and financial, based on the priorities of the priest-in-charge and the vestry of All Saints’. They report to the priest-in-charge, will supervise other staff members, and work collaboratively with staff, vestry, treasurer, and volunteers. Full time, exempt. Excellent health benefits, time off, and retirement plan. A full position description is here. To apply send a resume and letter of introduction to the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, [email protected]

FILLMORE/VENTURA: Community Engagement and Development Coordinator, The Abundant Table, a non-profit, organic certified farm and BIPOC- and women-led worker collective in Ventura County, California that seeks to transform our food system towards justice, liberation, and increased health for all people, while caring for the land and all who tend the land. Community Engagement and Development Coordinator will be responsible to oversee and coordinate the TAT community engagement and development processes, including management; fundraising; community engagement, coordination and development. 30 hours/week; salary and benefits $32,864.Full job description here.

LOS ANGELES (ECHO PARK): Credit Union CEO/Manager, Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union. To provide strategic, vision, leadership, and management in all functional areas. Plan, direct and control credit union activities in accordance with credit union plans, policies, directives and activities as established by the Board of Directors. Responsible for ensuring financial stability and member satisfaction commensurate with the best interest of members, staff and credit union. A full job description is here. For more information and to apply, click here.

LOS ANGELES: Preferred Communities Afghan Intensive Refugee Case Manager, IRIS (Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service). IRIS offers refugee resettlement assistance, intensive case management and immigration legal services to the low-income refugee and immigrant community of the greater Los Angeles region. Responsible for coordinating medical and/or mental health services and provide case management to individuals with refugee and asylum status who have significant physical and/or mental health conditions. The PC Afghan Intensive Case Manager will be part of a specialized team within IRIS that focuses on intensive case manager for the agency’s most vulnerable clients. The position will work to promote self-sufficiency and goal attainment for clients, through connections to ongoing programming and mainstream supports, in compliance with IRIS programs and contract guidelines. This position reports to the Refugee Program Supervisor and IRIS executive director. Full job description and application instructions here.

LOS ANGELES: Coordinator for Capacity Building, Outreach and Volunteers, Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service. IRIS offers refugee resettlement assistance, intensive case management and immigration legal services to the low-income refugee and immigrant community of the greater Los Angeles region. The coordinator for Capacity Building, Outreach and Volunteers is responsible for: recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and co-sponsors; tracking and maintaining data; working with IRIS staff, donors and partners to coordinate donations of household goods; coordinating IRIS community engagement efforts including education and outreach to program partners, faith groups, educational institutions, and other community partners; and develop and distribute materials to engage local stakeholders around resettlement service activities that positively impact refugee and immigrant communities in the region. Full job description here.

LOS ANGELES: Preschool Director, St. James' Episcopal School. The preschool director oversees the Grammercy Place Preschool and is the supervisor for the St. Andrew’s Place preschool site director. The preschool director is responsible for curriculum, evaluation, professional development and parent and family engagement and communications for both preschool campuses. Website is here. Full job description here.

LOS ANGELES: Marketing Coordinator for Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. Part time. Under the supervision of Stillpoint's executive and program directors, the marketing coordinator designs and implements communications strategies and effective messaging for organizational and project-specific goals; develops and oversees design, distribution, and maintenance of high-quality print and digital collateral including flyers, brochures, presentations, newsletters, social media, video, and retreat/event invitations (Constant Contact); oversees the website messaging and marketing efforts, keeping it current and geared towards expansion (Squarespace); evaluates marketing efforts using data analytics and identifies trends and insights. Full job description here. Email resume and cover letter along with a website, social media handle or portfolio showcasing recent designs to [email protected].

PACIFIC PALISADES: Live Stream Manager. St. Matthew's Parish is an inspiring house of worship situated in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The Director of Program Ministry seeks a part-time Live Stream Manager who is an experienced audio/visual consultant to partner with our ministry team to broadcast our live Sunday morning worship service and special services. A full job description is here. Please email your resume to [email protected]. Learn more about St. Matthew's here.

PACIFIC PALISADES: General Maintenance Worker, St. Matthew's Church and School. St. Matthew's is a vibrant community that includes both a Church and a School situated in beautiful Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The Director of Facilities and Operations seeks a full time maintenance staff member with maintenance experience. This is a "hands-on" position and the ideal candidate will have repair maintenance and event setup experience, great people skills and a history of providing the highest level of customer service. A full job description is here. Please email resume to [email protected].

PASADENA: Bookkeeper, All Saints Church. See the entire job description here.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: Youth Minister, St. John’s Episcopal Church and School. St. John’s is a community that lives in gratitude for the love and generosity of God. The Youth Minister will have a living commitment to the Gospel of Christ and will value the ethos of the Episcopal Church. From this vantage, the person we seek will share with the youth the transforming love of Christ in real and meaningful ways. The Youth Minister will lead in the creation, development, and delivery of programs that support the spiritual formation and well-being of youths, grades 6 through college, in and from the parish. The minister will model for the youth spiritual growth, ethical insight, age-appropriate theological and interfaith awareness, and engagement in the community with the living Gospel. This minister will also assist greatly in the pastoral care of the youth and their families. This is a part-time position. Request a full job description via email, [email protected]. Submit resume and cover letter to Rev. Christopher Potter via email at [email protected]

THOUSAND OAKS: Assistant Principal, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. Duties include helping with admissions, development, parent relations, student supervision, and program development. Candidate must have a college degree, a teaching credential, and a minimum of five years working in a school. Administrative experience is desirable. If interested, please send resume to [email protected].

WOODLAND HILLS: Receiving Supervisor, West Valley Food Pantry. The Receiving Supervisor is responsible for coordinating the daily staging and oversight of a drive-through food delivery operation. Empathy and kindness to the clients should be part of this individual’s makeup. The Receiving Supervisor is the Food Pantry’s liaison with donating markets, and should cultivate excellent communication with the market's managers. Relationships with our volunteers is paramount, and a positive demeanor is a necessity. The Receiving Supervisor is responsible for accepting, tracking and inventory of all incoming deliveries and donations, in cooperation with the Warehouse Assistant. Full job description here.
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